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Welcome to all of the new subscribers to the LATHAN list. As the "List
Owner," it's my job to get you all to talk to each other. I realize that
it's not easy to talk to a group of people you don't know, but we do share a
common ancestry -- we just don't know exactly how we're all related.
How many of you joined this list wanting to know how you are connected to
other Lathans? Have you been researching your family history? Any
discoveries you'd like to share with the group? Do you need help or
suggestions from other Lathans who have been at this for a while? I am
beginning to compile information about the Lathans on our website
www.Lathan.org, so that may be a place to start for some of you. What part
of the U.S. (or world) are you from? What do you do for a living? Do you
stay in touch with your cousins? First cousins, second cousins, third
cousins? Or have you been isolated from the Lathan clan for generations?
What are some of your family traditions? Do you have any family recipes
you'd like to share? OK, I'm reaching here, but that's not a terrible idea,
is it? Please pardon my sense of humor -- it's a genetic thing I think!
I'll start by sharing my family history as I know it so far. Perhaps some of
you will do the same. Maybe we can find some connections.
Anyone who has ever searched for their roots, has had their brick wall
that part of a persons life which eludes them. My walls are the beginning
and ending of my great-great grandfather, Frank B. LATHAN.
According to census and military records, Frank was born around 1843
somewhere in Lewis County, New York.
Frank lived in Iowa between 1856 and 1880 and worked as a farm laborer and
perhaps a railroad laborer. He lived in West Union (Fayette County) between
1856 and 1868 and in Rossville (Allamakee County) between 1868 and 1881.
He served in the Union military during the Civil War between 1862 and 1865,
but was ill for much of his military career. He served in three regiments:
(1) Company "H", 1st Battalion,16th Regiment of U.S. Infantry between March
12 - May 01, 1862; Company "A", 2nd Battalion, 16th Regiment of U.S.
Infantry between May 01 - July 15, 1862; and Company "E", 9th Regiment of
Iowa Volunteer Calvary from October 03, 1863 - August 22, 1865. His
battalions were not in any significant battle, for which I am thankful :->)
He married Helen ALLEN in 1868 and they had four children -- three sons
Perry Josiah, John Leroy, Charles Merritt and a daughter Martha. Martha
died before 1880. Around 1880, Helen divorced Frank and took their three
sons to Kansas or Nebraska. The cause of the break up is unknown at this
time. Helen was remarried to Milton Eugene McCORMICK in Norton, Kansas on
June 22, 1885. They had two daughters, Rosa Elizabeth and Almira (named
after Helen's mother) Rachael. Helen died October 22, 1925 in Norton,
(Norton Co.) Kansas.
Between 1880 and 1890, Frank lived in several counties in Minnesota and
Wisconsin. Pension records indicate that he died (possibly in either of
those states) in 1899.
Perry Josiah LATHAN was born September 1873 in (Rossville?) Iowa. He married
Minerva Pearl MATTHEW and had at least one son, Vyrel Francis. Perry
supposedly died before 1925. Vyrel was born on November 01, 1898 in Beaver
City, (Furnas Co.) Nebraska and died October 1979 in Rohnert Park, (Sonoma
Co.) California. I am beginning my search for more information about Perry
and his children.
John Leroy LATHAN is my great grandfather. He was born May 10, 1874 in
Rossville, (Allamakee Co.) Iowa. He married Martha Ann BISBEE March 28, 1900
in Norton (Norton Co.), Kansas. Martha was born February 11, 1880 in Devizes
(Norton Co.) Kansas and died November 29, 1962 in Minatare, (Scotts Bluff
Co.) Nebraska. John died December 09, 1932 in Wilsonville, (Furnas Co.)
Nebraska of Tuberculosis. John had three children, Forrest Merton LATHAN
(my grandfather), Bernice V.(Vivian?) and Franklin Eugene in Idaho, Kansas
and Nebraska, respectively.
Charles Merritt LATHAN was born March 16, 1879 in (Rossville?) Iowa, married
Fanny ANTRIM, and died January 01, 1940 in Portland, (Multomah Co.) Oregon.
I am also beginning my search for more information about him and his
If you have any information about any of these Lathans, please contact me.
I look forward to hearing about your search.
Lathan Family Connections